Three raised bed designs
By Joe Mooney
When it comes to gardening, almost anything can be used to create a raised bed. Tires, blocks, rocks, and scrap lumber are just a few of the most plentiful resources one can use for this project. But why, you ask, should I even put the effort into building a fancy raised bed? Well, my answer is twofold depending on your goals. First, for your own garden they give the benefit of great drainage in wet climates while at the same time saving the backs of us located in rocky soil locations. Additionally they can help to “ease” that reluctant spouse or friend into growing food and moving at least one step closer to a more self-reliant life.
Secondly, with the current food movement, everybody — from yuppies and corporate executives to backyard gardeners and urban homesteaders — is taking to gardening like wildfire. This has led to a huge demand for all things gardening, and while most BHM readers are more to the DIY slant, many people would just rather purchase a pre-built raised bed. And that’s where the backwoods entrepreneur can make a bit of extra cash to help fund all of those other homestead projects that you’ve been letting stack up for quite some time!
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Excerpt used with permission of Backwoods Home Magazine.